Guest post by Community Foundation for Muskegon County
We are happy to celebrate August as National Make-A-Will Month at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County as it brings end of life planning to the forefront. Many of our donors find the process not as tedious as they thought and gives them and their loved ones peace of mind. Here are three reasons to make, or revisit your will:
1. It’s an important legal document we should all have.
A will is a powerful document that lets you distribute your property and protects your loved ones after you pass away. Your wishes are solidified in black and white, and ambiguity is avoided because of your work today.
2. Peace of mind for your family and for you.
Wills aren’t just for the rich and famous. They make life easier for all involved, regardless of socioeconomic status. More than likely, you have many things – homes, vehicles, furniture, books, and even minor children and pets. Without a will, your loved ones will be tasked with finding a home for these things. A will ensures your assets go to where you want them to go.
3. Take care of loved ones – then consider a gift to a cause or your community.
After you’ve taken care of your loved ones, we love it when people think about community in their will. Will you consider 5% of your will to create a gift to a cause that means a lot to you – a nonprofit, place of worship, or your community? Many of our community members have created funds at the Community Foundation for their favorite cause or nonprofit. Information on Leaving a Legacy in your will, and sample bequest language are a few things that can be found on the Community Foundation website.
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At the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, we’re working with donors, advisors and members of the community for one common goal— building a vibrant community with great opportunities for all.